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Metal News for May 5, 2003

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Immortal Begin Writing New Material

Immortal is currently starting the writing process for a new album. If all goes well, the next album might be released late March 2004. It is unconfirmed if the band will continue on the Metal Gods Tour make up dates this summer.

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Burnt By The Sun Update

Burnt By The Sun will enter Trax East studios in New Jersey on Monday to begin recording their next full-length. They are expected to be finished on May 18th. The group will once again be working with Matt Bayles and some new song titles include "180 Proof", "Patient 957", "Battleship", and "Forlaine." At this point, Relapse Records is expected to release the album in September. In touring news, the group won't be playing out much in June and July as drummer Dave Witte will be on the road with Melt Banana. However, BBTS has already lined up a few August appearances, including a trip to Puerto Rico: More...

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Martyr AD Still Searching for Vocalist

Minneapolis band Martyr AD continues to write material (they currently have several songs written) for their upcoming Victory Records debut. However, the album will be released later than was originally expected, due to the lineup problems the group has had during the past year. They recently found a new drummer in Karl, of fellow Minnesota hardcore band, Holding On. Unfortunately, the group continues to search for a permanent vocalist. Interested candidates should email the band here. For now, Andy, also of Holding On, will help the band with a few upcoming shows, in addition to an appearance at the Pressure Festival in Germany in late-June. If the group is able to find a permanent singer in the near future, they also plan to tour in the US this August.

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Katafalk Confirmed for Waldrock Festival

Dutch death/thrashers Katafalk are confirmed to play on the Wâldrock festival (NL), headlined by Iron Maiden. Other festivals Katafalk will play are With A Dragon’s Blaze (B), Obscene Extreme (CZ), Stonehenge (NL), Party.San Open Air (D) and the now postponed Painkiller Metal Festival (B). In september Katafalk will embark on a minitour with Dew-Secented and Outburst.

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Kreator Reveal Tracks for Live CD/DVD

Kreator are set to release their first live CD and DVD through SPV on June 23rd. In live news, Kreator will perform at the Alarm Festival on July 12th at Lakeside Beach in Ohrid, Macedonia and on August 2nd at the Gates Of Metal festival in Hultsfred, Sweden.

The DVD includes the following tracks: More...

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Firebird to Issue Third Album in June

Former Napalm Death guitarist Bill Steer’s Firebird are set to release their third album, entitled Track No. 3, on June 2nd through SPV.

Firebird will be on tour in Europe with Fu Manchu in June.

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The Forsaken Commence Work on New Disc

Swedish death metal act The Forsaken have entered Studio Abyss with producer/engineer Tommy Tägtgren to record their third full-length album, tentatively titled "Traces Of The Past". The follow-up to last year's "Arts Of Desolation" will contain 12 tracks and will mark the recording debut with the group of new bassist Stefan Berg, who replaced Michael Hakansson a few months ago. A late 2003 release through Century Media Records is expected.

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The Black League to Enter Studio in October

Finland's The Black League, the band featuring former Sentenced frontman Taneli Jarva, will enter Seawolf Studios (web site) in Suomenlinna (just outside Helsinki) in October to begin recording their third full-length album, "Man's Ruin Revisited", due in early 2004 through Spinefarm Records subsidiary Ranch (web site).

As previously reported, Jarva is currently working with a new Finnish death metal supergroup called Chaosbreed. The quintet, who are completed by drummer Nalle Österman (ex-Gandalf), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-Amorphis, Mannhai), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (Moonsorrow), and guitarist Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), are presently rehearsing material for a full-length album, to be recorded in August at Sunlight Studio in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Tomas Skogsberg. A recently-recorded demo will be distributed through the Internet with a view toward procuring a suitable record deal for the group. The group's first live show will take place on Friday, July 11 at the Stella Star Club in Helsinki, Finland during the Tuska Festival weekend.

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Halford / Testament to Make Up Tour Dates

Halford and Testament have announced plans to embark on a co-headlining U.S. tour in June/early July. The two groups will be covering many of the markets affected by the cancellation of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, which was officially called off Friday (May 2) due to as-yet-undisclosed "contractual difficulties."

Says Halford manager John Baxter: "I've spoken at length with all bands on [The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour]. Nearly all have commitments in June, etc., and have made their plans to return home.

"Testament's manager and I have agreed to recapture as many dates from [the cancelled The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour] as possible. Sometime this/next week I will begin releasing confirmed West Coast tour dates, etc., for the following lineup:

HALFORD
TESTAMENT
+ Special Guest

"Depending on venue availabilities, etc., the bands will try and work through June/early July, covering as many of the formerly scheduled cities as we can. We will also look at adding some markets, which were not scheduled initially.

"More details to follow."

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Skyclad Line Up Summer Tour Dates

Skyclad have announced the following European dates during July/August:

Jul. 19 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vluyn, GER
Aug. 02 - The Garage – London, UK
Aug. 30 - The Studio – Hartlepool, UK

Skyclad are still hard at work in the studio, fine-tuning the recording of their new opus for a tentative late summer release. Among the tracks set to appear on the album are the following: More...

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Pain of Salvation Singer to guest for Spastic Ink

Pain of Salvation vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will be contributing lead vocals to one track on the long-awaited Spastic Ink sophomore release, "Ink Compatible", tentatively due before the end of the year. "[Daniel] is easily one of the most dramatic singers out there," said Spastic Ink mastermind Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower) of his decision to collaborate with the Swede.

The lineup of musicians set to appear on "Ink Compatible" is as follows: More...

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Nasum to Throw Release Party in Hometown

Swedish grindcore merchants Nasum will throw a record-release party for their new CD, "Helvete", on May 24 at Contan in Örebro, Sweden. The band will perform live and will also give away free copies of "Helvete" to the 100 first people who show up at the venue.

As previously reported, "Helvete" (Swedish for "Hell"), which was recorded in Sweden's Soundlab Studios with production from the band's own Mieszko Talarczyk, features guest appearances from Shane Embury (Napalm Death) and Jörgen Sandström (Entombed, ex-Grave). The band will also be issuing a split EP with Napalm Death soon, with NASUM covering the Napalm classic "Unchallenged Hate" and Napalm Death covering Nasum's "The Masked Face", from the band's now-classic 1998 release "Inhale / Exhale".

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No Mercy Festival Pics Posted Online

Testament, Death Angel, Marduk, Malevolent Creation, Pro-Pain and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter performed at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany on April 13 as part of the No Mercy Festivals European tour. Click here to view pictures taken at the gig. The two-week trek concluded on April 21 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

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Headline News

Metal Gods Tour Cancelled

Halford's manager, John Baxter, has announced cancellation of the Metal Gods Tour:
"I'm sorry to have to report the following, but the tour has to be brought to an end; after this weekend's New York performances because of contractual difficulties.

I learned on Tuesday, that inappropriate activity had been carried out days prior to the Chicago show, without my knowledge and approval. The unapproved activity has financially affected the tour. To be clear, the malpractice was not carried out by any of the participating bands, their labels and management.

For legal reasons nothing further can be said for the moment. A formal press statement will be prepared after we obtain additional instruction from counsel.

We know ultimately this affects each of you, so I will look at re-booking some / all of the dates. The dates however, will not include The Metal Gods lineup.

Please try and provide me w. your patience while I review and determine how best to move forward.

Thank you.
John Baxter"

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